Much has been written about the church and culture; most of it, however, refers to the culture

around a church. But the culture within a church is also extremely important.

“Core values” are the few powerful, guiding principles; the DNA of an organization. Core values guide all actions

and attitudes and help shape the culture within the church. Culture takes a long time to create, and even longer to change. 

But the first step toward creating a healthy culture is to identify the desired values that shape how we fulfill the mission

Christ has given us.

So for the church, core values are transformational principles that are used to define the kind of people

we believe Christ wants us to be.

As Christians we do not determine core values, we really discover them. The Scriptures already

describe what our core values should be.

Mission Statements - Define “What” We are To Do.

Core Values - Define “How” We Go About Doing It.

Our Core Values:

Agape, Karis, Chara, Pistis, Logos, Nooma

The Biblical Traits that Shape Our Fellowship:

1. Agape (Love). A people of love.

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to

love one another. (35) By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

John 13:34-35

2. Karis (Grace). A people of grace.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 3:17

3. Chara (Joy). A people of joy.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17

4. Pistis (Faith). A people of faith.

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists

and that he rewards those who seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

5. Logos (the Word). A people of the Word. (See Our Beliefs)

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,

John 8:31

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in

righteousness, (17) that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

6. Nooma (Spirit). A people walking with the Holy Spirit.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem

and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

Acts 1:8

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Galatians 5:16

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.

Ephesians 5:18